Marcy Palmer: You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror
Artist Marcy Palmer has been creating haunting and deeply considered photographs for some time, but her new work is simply, other worldly. As Marcy states, “You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror is an exploration of beauty as an antidote to personal and political crisis. In times of heartache, disaster, and impasse, many turn to beauty found in the natural world for solace and refuge. Pairing these images with the writings of Kahlil Gibran underscores the significance and multiplicity of the notion of beauty in our lives.”
These unique images are made from plants and flowers, which are photographed, printed on vellum, and hand-applied with 24k gold leaf, varnish, and wax. The project was inspired by Anna Atkins’s botanical studies as well as surrealist photographers like Florence Henri and Maurice Tabard, who manipulated imagery and materials to create multi-faceted, imagined spaces that deepened the viewer’s experience.
Yoffy Press has recently released a jewel-box of a book, You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror, that is intimate in stature, but filled with rare and golden botanical gems. Using vellum overlays, French fold binding, and gold-colored metallic ink, the book is the perfect way to remember that there is beauty in this world.
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